SO518 Improvisation for personal development

Faculty of Education
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Tomáš Andrášik (lecturer)
MgA. Lenka Polánková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Marie Andrášik (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Barbara Herucová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
MgA. Lenka Polánková, Ph.D.
Department of Social Education - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Bc. Kateřina Štěpařová
Supplier department: Department of Social Education - Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
SO518/01: Wed 9:00–10:50 učebna 19, T. Andrášik
SO518/02: Wed 11:00–12:50 učebna 19, B. Herucová
SO518/03: Wed 13:00–14:50 učebna 19, P. Andrášik
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 48 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 41/48, only registered: 0/48
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The subject is aimed at personal and social development of a human being via method of applied theatre improvisation. A student will develop communicative competencies, spontaneity, ability to react promptly; s/he will explore his or her own creative thinking, strengthen self-confidence and improve both verbal and non-verbal presentation. S/he will build up ability to cope with stress from public speaking. The development is achieved in the context of the group, emphasis is put on group dynamics and understanding of its processes. Students will develop ability to co-operate with other people and they will get the experience of abandoning their own "right" idea for the sake of someone's else's and to evolve solutions offered by others, thus empower their teamwork ability and respect to attitudes and personalities of other people. They will also develop attentive listening skills and empathy during controlled reflection and feedback sessions, same as ability to articulate their stances and feelings. The subject offers possibility of better understanding to oneself, other people and the group, experience with public speaking and spontaneous reactions to problems which might be essential for future teachers (and other professions engaged with people).
Learning outcomes
1) Development of presentational and communicative skills 2) Understanding to principles of reflection and constructive feedback 3) Empowered awareness of self and ability for self-reflection 4) Understanding to principles of personal and social development in group context - using experiential, drama and reflective techniques.
  • Essential principles of improvisation
  • Associational processes
  • Concentration on ongoing processes
  • Development of promptness, quick reactions and spontaneity
  • Communicative skills development - attentive listening skills, ability to defend and promote opinions, public speaking
  • Creativity development - ability to come up with new ideas and to accept and develop ideas of other people
  • Teamwork development
  • Authentic situations
  • Application of improvisational training to personal life
  • Application of theatre improvisation to personal and social education
  • Reflection and feedback
  • JOHNSTONE, Keith. Impro for Storytellers. 1999. ISBN 0-571-19099-5. info
  • SPOLIN, Viola. Improvisation for the Theater Third Edition. : Northwestern University Press, 1999. info
  • SPOLIN, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom. : Northwestern University Press, 1986. ISBN 978-0-8101-4004-2. info
  • JOHNSTONE, Keith. IMPRO: Improvisation and Theatre. 1981. ISBN 978-80-7331-266-4. info
Teaching methods
The seminar is based on practical application of improvisational exercises and reflection in the group.
Assessment methods
attendance 80%, active participation, project
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019.
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